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November 2023

Visit to Tuckers Hall and Exeter Guildhall (History Section)

Thu. 9 November 2023 at 11:00 am
£15 – £20

A guided visit to two of Exeter’s historic buildings – Tuckers Hall and the Guildhall. At Tuckers Hall we will be welcomed by the Beadle, Davy Johnston, who will talk about the history of…

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The Art of the Devon Garden (E Devon Branch)

Fri. 10 November 2023 at 2:30 pm
Manor Pavilion Theatre, Manor Road
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RP
£3 – £4

A talk by Dr Todd Gray MBE. Illustration courtesy of Todd Gray In this talk, Todd Gray will examine the history of designed landscapes in East Devon through surviving paintings, drawings and maps. Using…

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A talk by Jenny Pery (S Devon Branch)

Thu. 16 November 2023 at 2:15 pm
Newton’s Place, 43 Wolborough St
Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 1JQ
£2 – £4

An illustrated talk entitled “The Grand Manner – The Legacy of Sir Joshua Reynolds 1723–1792” to be given by the noted artist and art historian Jenny Pery, who is President of the DA for…

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Pirates, Merchants, Smugglers and Spies (Bideford & N Devon Branch)

Fri. 17 November 2023 at 2:00 pm
Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Kingsley Road
Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ
£3 – £5

A talk by Teresa Tinsley entitled “Pirates, Merchants, Smugglers and Spies. North Devonians and the Spanish Inquisition”. Based on research for her PhD Teresa’s talk will be concerned with the experiences of English people…

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Marine life in South-West England: highlights, change and threats (Tavistock Branch)

Fri. 17 November 2023 at 7:30 pm
Tavistock Parish Centre, 5a Plymouth Road
Tavistock, PL19 8AU
£2 – £3

A talk by Dr Keith Hiscock from Plymouth Marine Biological Association. The presentation is based on  information generated for the annual 'State of South-West Seas' report covering various marine topics such as oceanography, ecology and…

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A talk about Trinity House (IA Section)

Sat. 18 November 2023 at 11:00 am
Royal Torbay Yacht Club, 12 Beacon Terrace
Torquay, Devon TQ1 2BH

A talk entitled “Trinity House: the lighthouse and pilotage authority for England, Wales and Gibraltar” to be given by Captain David Parsons, a member of the Younger Brethren of Trinity House. Incorporated by Royal…

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Manuscript Maps of Devon

Tue. 21 November 2023 at 7:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)
Free – £2.50

A Zoom talk presented by Todd Gray MBE – Historian and Author. Dr Todd Gray was born in New England, USA and first visited Devon on a school trip in 1973. After his first…

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A Westcountry Christmas – Folklore event with Mark Norman (Music & Folklore Section)

Sun. 26 November 2023 at 2:30 pm
Crediton Library, Belle Parade
Crediton, Devon EX17 2AA

Forget about the modern commercialism and come and spend some time experiencing the joy of a traditional Devon Christmas with the Music and Folklore Section. Enjoy some local carols, Christmas stories and Devon Yule…

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Visit to the workshops of Leaky Finders (IA Section)

Thu. 30 November 2023 at 11:00 am
The Antique Village, on the B3181 between Cullompton and Pinhoe
Hele, Devon EX5 4PW

A visit to the workshops of Leaky Finders, specialists in steam and heritage engineering. Apart from winning an award for its creative company name, Leaky Finders – founded by Rory Edwards in 2018 –…

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Rifting and Drifting: The pioneering work of Marie Tharp (Geology Section)

Thu. 30 November 2023 at 7:30 pm
Online, (see text for details)

A talk by Bettie Higgs. To be held online by Zoom. Contact the Organiser (details below) for login details. A native of the NE of England and a graduate of University of Sheffield, Bettie…

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December 2023

Aerial archaeological survey (E Devon Branch)

Fri. 1 December 2023 at 2:30 pm
Manor Pavilion Theatre, Manor Road
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RP
£3 – £4

A talk “Aerial archaeological survey and excavation; getting down to earth in East Devon” to be given by Bill Horner, Devon County Archaeologist. Photo courtesy of Bill Horner Over the past 70 years, many…

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Pantomime – it’s never what it used to be (Lit & Art Section)

Sat. 2 December 2023 at 2:30 pm
Boniface Centre, East of the Parish Church
Crediton, Devon EX17 2AH
£3 – £5

A talk by Professor Kate Newey, Professor of Theatre History at the University of Exeter. Kate will look at some of the conventions of English pantomime, and track their invention as instant traditions. All…

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